GAZA, July 20 (Xinhua) -- At least 40 Palestinians have been killed and 400 others injured early on Sunday by Israeli artillery fire in Gaza City, medical sources said.
Nasser Tatar, director of Shifa Hospital in Gaza, said his hospital received around 40 bodies of dead people who have been killed by Israeli bombardment in Shujaiya neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
He added more than 400 people were injured in the intensive bombardment by Israeli tanks positioned near the borders of Gaza.
Meanwhile, Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, described what happened in Shujaiya neighborhood as a war crime, pledging to defeat the Israeli army which started a ground operation in Gaza late on Thursday.
Israel said the limited ground operation in Gaza, which came after 11 days of bloody airstrikes, is meant to end rocket fire into Israel.
On July 8, Israel started an all-out aerial operation dubbed Protective Edge to stop rocket fire from Gaza.
The operation has so far claimed the lives of at least 390 Palestinians and injured more than 3,000 others.